After many disputes, Blizzard and Valve reach a settlement on the DOTA trademark! Blizzard basically drops the claims on the game and changes the name of their Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars. Moreover, Blizzard will be allowed to keep using the DOTA name but only for noncommercial use for the player community and Valve will keep using the DOTA 2 name for its in-development game.
Aka? Valve wins, DOTA is a registered trademark now! Great news for Valve, the community and DOTA2.
Blizzard executive VP of game design Rob Pardo explained the change in a statement, saying, "Both Blizzard and Valve recognize that, at the end of the day, players just want to be able to play the games they're looking forward to, so we're happy to come to an agreement that helps both of us stay focused on that. As part of this agreement, we're going to be changing the name of Blizzard DOTA to Blizzard All-Stars, which ultimately better reflects the design of our game. We look forward to going into more detail on that at a later date."
For Valve's side of the story, co-founder Gabe Newell said, "We're pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one. We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities."
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